The Bonfils Theatre: A brief history:
1953: Helen Bonfils builds the new 550-seat Bonfils Memorial Theatre, the first new theater building in Denver in 40 years.
1956: Henry Lowenstein is hired as set designer.
1966: Donald R. Seawell named CEO of The Denver Post and supervisor of the Bonfils.
1967: Lowenstein is named producer.
1972: Helen Bonfils passes away.
1985: Theater renamed Lowenstein Theater, kept in production by Henry Lowenstein.
1986: Theater is closed and sits idle for nearly 20 years
2006: Theater is purchased by a developer, renovated, and reopened as the Tattered Cover Book Store, complete with stage, orchestra pit, balconies, original theater seats, a cabaret space downstairs where authors perform readings, a children's section where children's theater productions once were staged, and a graceful main lobby featuring the original etched windows and retro lighting fixtures that remind us of the era this building was designed and built.